Friday, October 2, 2009

My Mom got this in an Email today...
We know alot of you have seen it already, but its worth sharing again...

A Dog's Purpose? (from a 6-year-old).

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home..As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker 's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.

Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ''I know why.''

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try and live.

He said,''People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?''

The Six-year-old continued,''Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long.''

Live simply.

Love generously.

Care deeply.

Speak kindly.

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.

Take naps.

Stretch before rising.

Run, romp, and play daily.

Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

Be loyal.

Never pretend to be something you're not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.


How True this is!!!
Abby xxxooo


Anonymous said...

I have seen this before, but love it... thanks Abby. It definitely IS worth sharing again!

pam said...

I Had seen this before Abby but today it touched something deep in my heart. Thank you!

Bobo and Meja's mommy

Martha Basset said...

Hi Abby
We have seen it before but it special and well worth reading again.
love you lots
Martha & Bailey xxx

The OP Pack said...

Yes, it has been around for a while, but the message never loses its meaning. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.

Woos, the OP Pack

Gus said...

It is one of our favorites, but we always enjoy reading it.

gussie n teka

Mango said...

Always nice to be reminded of what's important.


Thor said...

I have seen it before but I enjoyed so much reading it again =)
Thanks for sharing!
Have a great weekend Abby!


Lorenza said...

Hi, Abby!
I love it!
Humans have a lot to learn from us, right?
Kisses and hugs

Deefor said...

I never read that before so thanks for posting it. I am always trying to teach my humans stuff but they are slow learners.

Daisy Dog said...

I have read that so many times, but it always will bring tears to my eyes.

Brindusa said...

Wow, I haven't seen this before. Very impressive and very true. Could you sent it to me, too? My e-mail is: I'd love to translate it and post it on my blog, too.
We can learn so much from animals, especially from our pets. I suffer a lot when people refuse to see that.
Hughes, Brindusa

happy said...

We love reading it too. Can never get tired of reading it time and again. It's a beautiful reminder. Thanks for sharing it here, Abby.

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

Oh Abby...(Lacie dabs at her eyes with her lacie hankie...)...that was simply bootiful!!!

What wisdom that little boy showed...serious...our purpose is to love...and be loved...and that's the best thing of all!!!

Thanks for posting!!!


JB's Big and Small Worlds said...

We have seen it before but really like it. Thanks for posting it!

Joe Stains said...

We have seen it but we love it everytime we read it.


Hi Abby,

Thanks for sharing that great article and for dropping by. We luv you!!!

Riley, Star and Mommy.

Twix said...

Hi Abby, we are having a girls night Friday and I wanted to know if you were interested in coming? Stop over for the details.
PS: I've missed you lately!

Huskee and Hershey said...

Thanks for sharing. Sometimes we need to remind ourselves to treasure what we have.

Dewey Dewster said...

Gee Abby.....we saw that too....'n ain't it true ???? But it sure ain't fair either.....why ????....cause we wanna stay around a bit longer....I mean.....there's lots of dog biscuits left....'n I wanna be sure ta get my share.....

Dewey Dewster here.......

Chef ·˙ ۛ ♥ said...

Hi Abby. We all know we dogs are here for some higher purpose, right? Funny how it took a six-year-old to figure it out!